Launching of Technopole North Initiative
BPML tie-up with Oxford Innovation to open up new opportunities for local entrepreneurs
BPML and Oxford Innovation, UK’s leading operator in Innovation Centres, officially launches the Technopole North initiative today. Such initiative is launched by the Board and CEO of BPML in the presence of the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Hon. Etienne Sinatambou and witnessed by representatives of Oxford Innovation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Oxford Innovation in February 2016 for collaboration in the setting up of an innovation centre at Rivière Du Rempart being the first in a series of others planned across the island. The visit of Oxford Innovation is to develop a programme for the opening of the innovation centre by the end of year. The innovation centre will have linkages with academics, general public, existing companies and Oxford Innovation’s network. It will be built on an ecological, sustainable and continued service model. It is proven worldwide that openness to change and innovation is a key engine for growth. Technology and Innovation are the backbone of any smart island. Mauritians are entrepreneurs by nature. The list of incorporated companies is proof to this statement. The amount of data, ideas, creativity generated every day by Mauritians abounds. It is becoming more and more critical to focus on innovation in how to Capture, Move, Interpret and Turn these data and original creative ideas in ways that allow Mauritians to improve lives of our citizens. The collaboration with Oxford Innovation will identify avenues to build on the experience of our local companies to further develop the Innovation Centre at Rivière Du Rempart. Through the tie-up, BPML looks forward to inspiring and transforming local ‘tech talents’ into Technopreneurs and bring out some 10 viable businesses every year from such initiative. The MOU opens up more direct opportunities of collaboration with locals (individuals and enterprises) in different sectors like transport, education, environment, e-government and healthcare. BPML plans to open 4 innovation centres to bring such opportunities to Mauritian companies to provide solutions for wide-ranging sectors.
The MOU also covers mutual sharing of ideas and solutions, as well as nurturing networks of expertise through the organisation of events, forums, business-matching events and networking sessions for entrepreneurs and start-ups.